Djokovic stunned by Thiem in quarters

A Thiem Djokovic failed to fathom

A Thiem Djokovic failed to fathom

"That's what happened today", explained the 12-time Grand Slam champion. "It's possible that I'm playing too slow". I know where I also can be.

Austria's Dominic Thiem clenches his fist after defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their quarterfinal match the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in Paris.

"It's awesome for me", Thiem said.

Per freelance journalist Carole Bouchard, Djokovic told reporters he's "thinking about many things right now" after being asked about a possible sabbatical from the sport before adding "I have responsibilities" to fulfill. "It was just today it was just odd how it came about". Otherwise, he lost his No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray and lost in the third round of Wimbledon, the first round of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and the second round of the Australian Open. I've played three times with Dominic [this year]. He started serving better and backing it up with first shot. No. 7 Marin Cilic.

"It's hard to comment, the third set", said Djokovic.

The third-seeded Halep, who trailed 5-0 in the first set, was down 5-1 in the second. "I have lived on that wave of excitement, I guess, 'til the U.S. Open or so".

On a sunny Court Philippe Chatrier, she lobbed Garcia from the back of the court to give herself two match points.

No one is trying harder to diagnose and treat his 12-month slump than the 12-time Grand Slam victor. Pliskova will next play either No. 3 Simona Halep of Romania or No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. "To beat him for the first time in the quarters of the French Open is a dream".

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In the mixed doubles, Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski reached the final, beating third seeds Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Andrea Hlavackova 7-5, 6-3.

Nadal has dropped only 22 games so far in the tournament, the fewest he has lost on the way to any of his 26 Grand Slam semifinal berths.

Novak Djokovic is out of the French Open.

The Austrian rising star beat the Serbian ace 7-6, 6-3, 6-love. "At least I'm trying", Djokovic said.

The Serb, who was defending his Roland Garros crown, was beaten in emphatic fashion and the world number two said he had little to complain about after the set.

Novak Djokovic's French Open title defense is in real trouble.

In a hard fought first set, Thiem ran out victor 7-6 (7-5) and set the tone for the remainder of the match.

An uncharacteristic backhand gifted Thiem the break and a 3-0 lead.

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His next opponent, Austria's 23-year-old Dominic Thiem, is one of the few players now capable of denting Nadal's hull and showed that in a straight-sets win in Rome last month.

The Djokovic-Thiem victor will face Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

The nine-time champion advanced to the semi-finals for the tenth time after his opponent, and compatriot, Pablo Carreno Busta, retired after dropping the opening set and trailing 0-2 in the second. Thiem now advances to the semifinals, where he faces Rafael Nadal, the "King of Clay".

Perhaps Carreno Busta's almost four-and-a-half hour win over 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic in the fourth round took a toll.

Dominic Thiem still has tough work ahead if he is to win a Grand Slam title. The red-clay seas parted again for Rafael Nadal, while Novak Djokovic played like a waterlogged version of his former self.

For Djokovic, the defeat completes somewhat of a fall from grace from the top of men's tennis, the recently-turned 30-year-old having now relinquished all four major titles within the space of the last twelve months.

Shortly before play is supposed to start, the temperature is 57 degrees F (14 degrees Celsius). Nadal was leading 6-2, 2-0.

The other men's quarterfinals scheduled for later Wednesday: 2016 runner-up Murray vs.

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